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A Parian figure of the Greek Slave with a metal manacle chain.
This nicely-modelled, unmarked figure was a copy of the famous marble statue The Greek Slave by the American sculptor Hiram Powers. The original was exhibited at the Great Exhibition at the Crystal Palace in 1851, following a successful tour of the United States. Powers made and sold six marble versions.
The sculpture was used as an important symbol in the anti-slavery cause.
Parian versions were produced by various manufacturers. There is a picture of a similar figure, without the chain and standing on a raised pedestal, in the Parian Phenomenon p 251, Fig 856.
Height 29½ cm (11¾ “)
Condition: This figure is in perfect condition. The metal chain is probably a later addition.